SCTN’s First Public Event in Abuja
SCTN’s first public event took place on 23 June 2012 in Abuja’s Utako district. Despite widerspread concerns over security following a bomb blast just a few hours earlier, some fifty people came together to listen to the journalist, blogger and inspirational speaker Prince Charles Dickson’s thought-provoking analysis of the current state of Nigeria’s democracy, the need for genuine dialogue between Nigerians and the case for active citizenship as a means of shaping the country’s future.
In the course of the afternoon, almost everyone had the opportunity to speak in a debate which focused on what it means to be an active citizen in Nigeria. Their contributions were heartfelt, sometimes passionate, sometimes funny but always thoughtful and constructive and many of those who took part volunteered to become active supporters of the Speakers’ Corner initiative.